In what is a rare move on the part of a Netflix original series, the rerun rights to animated comedy series BoJack Horseman are being shopped to cable networks by producer Tornante Co. through distributor Debmar-Mercury. The series premiered in 2014, when the streaming giant was just beginning to formulate its long-term plans for original programming. Because of that, Michael Eisner‘s Tornante Co. was able to retain the off-network rights to BoJack Horseman for domestic syndication.
“I’m very proud of ‘BoJack Horseman.’ Who knew a washed up sitcom star, who happens to be a horse, would drive the best reviews of any television show or movie in which I have been involved in my career? This business is all about who you work with creatively. Thank goodness (creator) Raphael Bob-Waksberg walked through my door.” – Eisner
Netflix usually buys up the syndication window for their original programs in order to retain full ownership of (and profits from) the series, which is why this may end up being a one-time deal — though how the series performs on the open market might open the door to future syndication options. For Debmar-Mercury heads Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, BoJack Horseman represents the kind of comedy that networks are looking for now:
“In an era when addictive, laugh-out-loud comedies are in short supply, ‘BoJack Horseman’ delivers what cable networks have been missing.” – Marcus & Bernstein
In September 2017, less than two weeks after Netflix premiered the fourth season for fan binge consumption, the streaming service announced that the series had been renewed for a Season 5. The creative team behind BoJack Horseman wasted no time getting started, with Will Arnett (BoJack Horseman) tweetng a picture of the season’s first episode script, written by Kate Purdy but with the title “conveniently” blocked by a pen; and Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Peanutbutter) tweeting a picture of his and Alison Brie‘s (Diane Nguyen) name cards at what appears to be a table read:
— Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill) September 21, 2017
I've got some good news. pic.twitter.com/5ppVTx9JcL
— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) September 21, 2017
While no premiere date was announced for the BoJack Horseman‘s fifth season, the show is expected to return some time in mid-2018.
Set in a world where humans and human-like animals live and work together normally, the series introduces us to BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett, Arrested Development): washed-up star of the ’90s sitcom Horsin’ Around who plans his return to fame through a tell-all autobiography he’s working on with his ghostwriter Diane Nguyen (Alison Brie, GLOW). If that’s not stressing and depressing BoJack enough, he also has to deal with his agent and sometimes-girlfriend Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris, Strangers With Candy), his freeloading roommate Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad), and his friend/sitcom rival Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins, There Will Be Blood).